I value intelligent stories with characters I can relate to. I can appreciate good prose, but a captivating plot is way more important.
I've read several of Scalzi's books now. They are light, entertaining, well-paced and just surprising enough to keep me coming back.
I've never been blown away by Scalzi... he is very creative, but his execution never quite matches the the promise of his premise.
Always fun. Never amazing.
I'll be back anyway.
I love to read books; and now just recently I've discovered that audio books are very cool!! I'm also an author. You can find the SciFi book "The Curse of Europa" here on Audible or on Amazon.
This wasn't exactly up my alley, I'll admit. A crazy beginning with farting to communicate - come on now! Needing a certain kind of sheep for a ceremony?? A lot of it was a bit over the top, but I guess that's what a lot of people liked about it too. Once I willed myself to just go-with-it, it did keep my interest and was well told. Although to be 100% honest, I thought it was going to be about androids, given the name and the android on the cover. It is not - silly me!
Sometimes the author would mention something about a character (and then take 5 - 10 minutes filling in a silly back story that wasn't always necessary - imho.) To me that was just a bunch of unnecessary detail.
But overall, wow, it ended up being an elaborate and clever story as long as you aren't looking for realistic. The ending is mind blowing (in all the detailed events that fall into place) and Kudos to Scalzi for keeping it all straight. While it wasn't exactly "up my alley" I have to admit it was some good story telling and thus give it 4 stars.
Will Wheaten did a great job narrating - 5 stars!!
I will listen to NO boring book. Old Fav's,Card, King , Hobb. New Fav's, Hill, Scalzi, Sawyer, Interested in Lansdale, Crouch, Konrath
This is not Agent to The Stars or Fuzzy Nation. It is not terrible, but if you are thinking you are going to get as funny or as good as the above mentioned then, sorry No.
In comparing Scalzi to Scalzi, I was a bit disappointed. At times I forget I was listening to Scalzi and thought I was Listening to Nora Roberts. This really gets bogged down in the details. The plot is fairly complicated and not in a good way. Warning to all, chapter six has a high Ick factor. I am talking sex with animals.
I did like Robin, she was a funny character. I liked the bowling shoes. I also liked the satire about L. Ron Hubbard.
Wil Wheaton was good, although at the beginning of the book he sounded a little tired. He might have been arguing with Sheldon all night. Will WHHHeeedon!
Complex plot with layers of treachery, likeable characters, believable villains - the dialogue was witty without being over the top. Filled with action and just enough futuristic gadgetry. Highly entertaining and I'm going to be really challenged to find my next read....love to see this as a movie...
This was my first novel by John Scalzi and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Wil Wheaton does a great job reading it. This science fiction novel is a dryly funny, action-packed story of intercultural politics. Worth a listen
The central plot is wacky, but it is filled humor and action that comes together to create a very good listen. I found myself laughing out loud and rooting for the main players. The story also has it's nice twists and turns along the way to keep it interesting.
Nothing earth shattering, but all in all I highly recommend it was just fun to listen to.
Fast paced, witty, action-packed.
Fuzzy Nation. Same combination of fast paced action, sharp laugh-out-loud humor and a similarly hilarious court scene.
I don't know that I'd listen to it again, but if I did, I'd enjoy it. John Scalzi is funny, and his books are always the audio equivalent of page turners. I found myself making my daily walks longer just to listen more.
I guess his books are a combination of page-turner-thrillers, hard sci fi and the kind of humor that the Brits (Terry Pratchett, Douglas Adams) usually do best. Word play and genre play but with stories that hook you in.
I can't really single out one -- his Robin was great and his Harry too, but he also did a great job with the alien Tak (no idea how to spell it) who sounded like a naive teenager even though he was a big scary person-eating alient.
Not a lot of sentimentality in this book, but having the brothers (one computer, one human) meet at the end worked for me.
A great time was had by all!
John Scalzi takes us through a winding tale of political intrigue on an interplanetary scale all wrapped up in a quest to find and protect a particular species of sheep. He does so in a way that keeps the listener's interest. As always, Wil Wheaton's narration takes a good story and makes it great.
There are many minor players in this drama. In audio form it was easy to get confused as to who was who. But not to worry, the confusion doesn't last long.
This one is a good way to pass the miles.